Mozambique: Renamo interrupts peace negotiations to "manage electoral conflict"
File photo / President Filipe Nyusi
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Friday insisted that all Mozambicans should be actors for peace, displaying patriotism regardless of differences in idea or political party colours.
Speaking at a rally in Mussengue locality, in Mabote district, as part of his working visit to the southern province of Inhambane, Nyusi said that, in the pursuit of peace, Mozambicans should behave like players in a sports match where, at the end of the game, the opposing teams embrace each other and chat, without any feelings of resentment.
He called for calm from everybody, so that the current search for an effective peace “does not run aground”. He wanted to see all Mozambicans, including himself and the leader of the Renamo rebels, Afonso Dhlakama, living together and circulating freely throughout the country.
“Let’s all live together, regardless of our different ideas”, Nyusi urged. “It doesn’t matter whether we are or are not members of Frelimo, Renamo, the MDM or other parties. We should all be patriots”.
Peace should be the fruit of the work of all, as long as the rules of democratic coexistence are respected. “Peace yes, but not at any cost”, Nyusi warned.
The President also expressed his concern at the high drop-out in schools in Mabote, particularly among girls, “We want children to go to school, otherwise it’s an investment that goes to waste”, he said. “Families here in Mabote should know how to connect the schooling of their children with other activities, such as livestock farming, and initiation rites”.
He noted that there is a good quality technical and professional school in the district, but there are almost no pupils studying there.
But Nyusi also told the crowd he was pleased with the recovery of agricultural production in Mabote after the severe drought of 2016.
Earlier in the day, Nyusi inaugurated a branch of the BCI (Commercial and Investment Bank), one of the largest of Mozambique’s banks, in Mabote town, a part of the government’s “one district, one bank” drive to bring financial services to rural areas.
“We are encouraging the banks to join this project, since financial inclusion means bringing the banks to the countryside”, he said. “It is in the countryside where production happens”.Source: AIM